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Can taking ambien cause a false positive on a urin drug test

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can taking ambien cause a false positive on a urin drug test fot benzodiazapines {sp}?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 8 years ago.
Probably not.

There are, of course, several different brands of urine drug screens on the market.

Ambien is not a benzodiazepine, although it has pharmacologic properties similar to benzodiazepines. There are studies that show that taking Ambien does not typically demonstrate a positive drug screen result. There are isolated reports, though, of a positive urine drug screen due to Ambien. It may be related to the specific test used, Combining these studies would indicate that the vast majority of the time, there will be no positive result, but a small percentage of the time it can do so.

Whenever a urine drug screen is performed, there is usually an opportunity for the person being tested to list the medications that are being taken. If it is critical to differentiate between benzodiazepines and Ambien, then specific tests can be ordered. If the urine drug screen is hoping to detect whether someone is taking Ambien, it usually will not do so.